It’s final exams week and students and faculty are cramming to prepare for the exam, take the exam, finish the paper and get on with the grading process. Whew! Every seat in the library is occupied by a student with his or her laptop, a pile of books, and all the objects today’s student needs: highlighters, coffee, iPod, snacks, big huge calculator, phone charger and a few good luck charms.
This is the week that gives rise to a dream we have the rest of our life – the day we show up at class for the final exam and realize we never went to class. I’ve had that dream many, many times myself. I’m sure someone on this list can tell me what it means.
GRR’s final exam question is this: what did we miss this year? As we’ve perused many top ten and ten best lists in the last couple of weeks, we’ve noticed a few songs and artists that somehow completely escaped our attention during 2009. Brian and Dan try hard to stay on top of this stuff, but, hey, we’re busy guys, too. We can’t notice everything going on in the big world of music.
We’ll be hearing songs from 2009 releases from Dan Auerbach, The Clientele, The Eels, Alicia Keys, David Bazan, John Gorka, Pieta Brown, Silversun Pickups, The Mountain Goats and others. Just about all of these songs have been named by someone as a notable recording for 2009 but never played on Great River Radio. We’ll also play a couple songs from the just released “Minnesota Beatles Project, Volume 1” – interpretations of Beatles tunes by local bands, including Roma di Luna’s cover of “I Will.”
And two notes of upcoming shows: in one of our first shows of the new decade, Great River Radio will take a look back at the “Oughts” (2000-2009). We’re digging through our hard drives and doing the research so that we can bring you a full program of the most influential music of the decade. Let us know what you think were the most important (not necessarily the “best” or “favorite”) albums or artists in 2000-2009? Post your selections on our website at https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com.
Finally, note also that Great River Radio’s fourth annual holiday music show will be next week (Dec. 22.) You’ll want to tune in while you’re wrapping gifts or snuggling with your SO beside an open fire.
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Slow Down-Suicide Commandos
Heartbroken, In Disrepair-Dan Auerbach
I Wonder Who We Are-The Clientele
That Look You Give That Guy-Eels
Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart-Alicia Keys
Please, Baby, Please-David Bazan
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free-Levon Helm
Ignorance and Privilege-John Gorka
You’re My Lover Now-Pieta Brown
Hell or High Water-William Elliott Whitmore
Train Song-Feist and Ben Gibbard
Waiting For My Child (live)-Mavis Staples
Higher Ground-Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
Panic Switch – Silversun Pickups
Flashing Red Light Means Go-The Boxer Rebellion
Je t’aime-Staff Benda Bilili
Genesis 3:23-The Mountain Goats
I Will-Roma di Luna
The Giant of Illinois-Andrew Bird
Sort of Revolution-Fink
True Love Will Find You In The End-Headless Heroes
Neighborhood #1-Arcade Fire